Thank you so much for your interest in supporting pop-up portraits. As I enter into birth work I wanted to find a way to redirect resources and support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who have been doing this work long before me.
Who will this pop-up support?
“Despite a long history of midwifery in the black community, black women currently represent less than 2% of the nation's reported 15,000 midwives. Relatedly, black women and infants experience the worst birth outcomes of any racial-ethnic cohort in the United States.” (Birthing, Blackness, and the Body - Keisha La’Nesha Goode, October 2014)
We, our country, need more Black midwives. More safe spaces for BIPOC to be supported in the transformation of birth without experiencing implicit bias and racism.
Why fund this work?
We are failing mothers and babies in our communities.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants compared with white babies…. a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850.” (Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-orDeath Crisis - Linda Villarosa, April 2018
“Black mothers are dying at three to four times the rate of non-Hispanic white mothers. Racism is the driver and we must do more to save black women’s lives.” (Maternal Mortality and the Devaluation of Black Motherhood - Jamila Taylor, April 2018)
How to Participate
If you would like to reserve a spot follow these steps:
First, choose your desired time slot here. Please be sure to add it to your cart and then fully check out! You will not need to enter payment info but will need to include a billing address. If you receive a confirmation email your time reservation was processed this correctly.
Next, send pay-what-you-can funds directly to Efe’s GoFundMe. The suggested amount is $75.
Then email proof of receipt to me at email@example.com - you do not have to share the amount with me.
When I receive your receipt I will confirm your time-slot. If you do not send receipt within 12 hours of selecting your time I will make it available to others.
Attend your 10 minute session - that sounds short but we will get a lot of wonderful photos in that time! One week after your session you will receive a gallery with a minimum of 5 downloadable hi-resolution images.
Thursday November 15th from 11:00AM - 1:00PM with additional times opening if needed.
Small business owners, business professionals, creatives, entrepreneurs, partnerships - this pop-up is intended for humans over 18. I am able to photograph up to three people for partnerships or collectives but please consider that the $75 suggested fee is per person.
210 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14604
More Resources and Information
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